The Fall Family Fair Helped Build Community Connections

Crowds at the Jordan Fall Family FairMore than 2000 Jordan School District families and community members gathered last week at JATC South for the Fall Family Fair. The fair was a chance for the District and community partners to connect students and their parents with resources they might not otherwise have found.

The fair featured 35 different departments in Jordan School District. Nurses provided health screenings, while math, literacy, gifted and talented, STEM, and digital learning teacher specialists oversaw academic activities and shared helpful learning strategies. In addition, Jordan District Health and Wellness Team and Health Services shared their knowledge and provided community resources for families. Other partners included the Salt Lake County Library, gang prevention specialists, and community outreach groups.

This year’s Fall Family Fair was a huge success thanks to all the hard work for Jordan School District employees and community partners. We also want to recognize the hard work put in by the Language & Cultures Services Department for organizing this excellent resource for everyone in our community.

Thanks to everyone who participated in this great event!

Thank You to Our Amazing Custodians!

Dr. Godfrey stands with staff from Terra Linda Elementary Take a minute out of your day to say thank you to custodians in schools and buildings throughout the District. Today is National Custodian Appreciation Day! It is a day to show appreciation for the men and women who keep our schools and workplaces clean, shining, well maintained and running smoothly.

Superintendent Anthony Godfrey stopped by Terra Linda Elementary School to surprise custodian John Cooke with his favorite cream soda. It was a way to say thank-you for Mr. Cooke’s hard work each and every day. Students at the school wrote thank-you cards for custodian Cooke, letting him know how much he is appreciated at Terra Linda.

These valuable employees contribute to the important first impressions in our schools and buildings, they lend a helping hand wherever they are needed. They are an important part of the Jordan School District family.

Who is your favorite custodian? Tell them how much they are appreciated.

Thank you, custodians!

Elementary School Students Participate in Mock Legislative Session

Elementary school students participating in a mock legislative sessionSome students from Bastian, Silver Crest and Herriman Elementary Schools received a hands-on lesson on how bills are passed and how the state legislature works. They headed to the State Capitol for a field trip where local lawmakers welcomed the students and taught them what is being described as “Government at a Glance.” Students had an opportunity to ask questions and tour the Capitol. Then, they headed to the floor of the House of Representatives where they debated eight bills in a mock legislative session. For example, they debated a mock resolution to make ice cream the official dessert of Utah.

West Jordan High Student Receives National Honor for Designing Shoe Insert to Help Runners

Superintendent Godfrey surprises Anna Fotheringham at West Jordan High School A life experience may turn into something really big for a West Jordan High School student. Anna Fotheringham had a running injury and she wanted to do something to help others who love to run avoid the same experience. So, the 4th year Prefreshman Engineering Program (PREP) student decided to design a shoe insert with sensors that can provide data to analyze strikes and cadence in running. The insert is called “Bottom Line-The Ultimate Foot Analyzer.” Anna hopes to be able to continue developing the foot analyzer so that it can help coaches correct runners’ strides to avoid injuries.

Anna recently entered her design in the National PREP Scholars Symposium where she took second place! Students in the competition presented their projects to a panel of college professors/ judges and they were quite impressed with Anna’s design.

Superintendent Godfrey joined others by surprising Anna in the classroom to congratulate her. Anna, we are very proud of your accomplishment and wish you the best of luck as you continue your work to keep runners safe.

Students Gather with First Responders for a Sunrise Salute to Patriot’s Day

A group watches as students at Hidden Valley Middle School raises the American FlagThey were not yet born on 9/11 20-years ago, but on Friday, Hidden Valley Middle School students gathered with local first responders, city officials and members of the community for a “Sunrise Salute to Patriot’s Day.” Principal Shawn McLeod says as we commemorate the 20-year anniversary of 9/11, it’s important for students to remember, honor, and pay their respects to all families who were impacted by the attacks two decades ago. It is also an opportunity to show support for all first responders and men and women of the military.

The Sunrise Salute included musical performances by the school choir and a patriotic sing-along with those in attendance.